ST. CLOUD -- The 70th annual Governor's Fishing Opener is this weekend, and there's plenty to know about the event. From who can fish, to what's going on for the public to partake in, and even a new boat to win, we've got everything you need to know for the weekend, and the preparations for it, right here.
While the event is a large undertaking, and hundreds of people attend and participate, those who take part in the actual fishing are by invite only. A trip to the governor's opener website's FAQ sections tells us:
"Explore Minnesota Tourism and the host community extend invitations to media representatives to attend the event to increase publicity for the area, fishing and other recreational opportunities".
To help fund the opener, the St. Cloud Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is raffling off a brand new Tracker pontoon boat.
St. Cloud director for the Governor’s Fishing Opener Julie Lunning says the Governor’s Fishing Opener is a state event but surrounding cities do have to help cover some costs.
“Although this is the state of Minnesota’s event the host communities are responsible for running everything and do take on the fiscal responsibility. This allows us to raise money to be able to run the event, be successful and do some great things for the people that are going to be coming to town.”
Along with area businesses getting involved - several Sauk Rapids business owners are planning an event on the Saturday of the Governor’s Fishing Opener. Roy Dodds is the owner of Urban Lodge Brewery and Restaurant, he has this to say about the plans for this weekend:
And because Sauk Rapids has the most [fishable] shoreline on the river, Sauk Rapids Sportsmen Association – in conjunction with the city – is organizing shore fishing stations. So people can explore the river that way. And we thought, as a group of businesses in the community, that it would be fun to showcase our park system.
Besides Urban Lodge, Old Capital Tavern, Manea’s Meats, and Mixin’ It Up Gluten Free Bakery have all signed on to be a part of the event.